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Summer Fellows Learn Life Skills and Earn Money During COVID-19 Pandemic

If you had asked Joe Horan in February what his summer was going to look like, he wouldn’t have said spending time with 40 Syracuse-area youth in Zoom meetings. However, when his youth mentorship organization, Building Men, was asked to move its life skills training to a virtual program due to COVID-19, he quickly started planning the agenda. Now, that

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Black Philanthropy Month | Our Donors Respond | Lisa Alford

August is Black Philanthropy Month! We asked our donors how they came to be philanthropists. Here’s what Lisa Alford had to say: How did you come to be charitable? Were there influences in your life that got you started?   Through faith, family and fellowship. My family taught me how people can give in various ways. My parents were both active in

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Black Philanthropy Month | Our Donors Respond | Caeresa Richardson

August is Black Philanthropy Month! We asked our donors how they came to be philanthropists. Here’s what Caeresa Richardson had to say: How did you come to be charitable? Were there influences in your life that got you started?   I am greatly influenced by my older sister Shequeila Birdsong, who took a charitable approach to her role as “big sister” in

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Black Philanthropy Month | Our Donors Respond | Calvin Corriders

August is Black Philanthropy Month! We asked our donors how they came to be philanthropists. Here’s what Calvin Corriders had to say: How did you come to be charitable? Were there influences in your life that got you started?   I have become charitable because it’s one way for me to repay all of the generosity I have benefitted from over the

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Northside Learning Center Assembles Volunteer Team of Translators and Distributes Food

When Ra Har Met, a graduating senior from the Public Service Leadership Academy at Fowler High School, heard that the Northside Learning Center (NSLC) was assembling a team of volunteers in response to COVID-19, he quickly got in touch with its executive director, Mark Cass. Cass wanted to make sure that the families near their facility had both food and information

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Caroline Palmer: Local Teacher Leaves Sizeable Bequest to Support the Community

When one of Central New York’s long-time school teachers passed away last year, her estate named the Central New York Community Foundation the recipient of nearly $300,000 to serve our community’s greatest needs. Caroline Palmer, known to her many relatives as Aunt Carol, made everyone feel special and worthy of her attention. Whether it was a family member, one of

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NYCLU Fosters Community Dialogue for I-81/Community Grid Project

Attorney Lanessa Chaplin grew up seeing I-81 every day as a Southside resident of Syracuse, but during her childhood she wasn’t aware of how it contributed to the generational poverty that surrounded her or the negative psychological, neurological, and respiratory effects that can come with living near the highway. Chaplin, who now serves as Project Counsel for the New York

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Good Lawns Cultivates Work Ethic and Entrepreneurial Spirit

The seed for Good Lawns was planted during a staff meeting. Hasan Stephens, founder and executive director of Good Life Youth Foundation, wondered how to teach youth to make money using resources around them. What about offering to clear snow or cut grass? Unfortunately, the young people seeking work wouldn’t have equipment. What if they borrowed mowers and offered their

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